4 critical observations from the Panthers defeat at Ravens in Week 11

(Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) Steve Wilks
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What were some critical observations from another disappointing loss for the Carolina Panthers at the Baltimore Ravens?

After some semi-productive offense in P.J. Walker’s recent starts, the reinstatement of Baker Mayfield coincided with the team’s worst offensive performance of the season as the Carolina Panthers lost 13-3 at the Baltimore Ravens. This moves them to 0-5 on the road and closer to a top-three draft selection.

It was always going to be a tough ask for Carolina going up against the AFC North-leading Ravens and dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson. However, despite the defense shutting down the former NFL MVP until late on, it was Ben McAdoo’s unit led by Mayfield that let the team down once again.

This was an opportunity for Mayfield, named the starter for the first time since Week 5. The quarterback is playing for his future in the league, but after his latest miserable showing, there’s no scenario where the former Cleveland Brown should see the field again this season.

The Panthers must not let the conditional fifth-round pick in the Mayfield trade become a fourth-rounder. Especially considering it’s expected to be a high one. With the Denver Broncos coming to Carolina in week 12 and bringing one of the best defenses in the league, don’t expect much offensive improvement regardless of who is under center.

With this in mind, here are four critical observations from Carolina’s defeat in Week 11.